The Orbera Balloon

What Is A Gastric Balloon?

Duration
10-20 min
Anesthesia
Moderate sedation
Hospital Stay
Outpatient
Time Off Work
1-3 days

A gastric balloon is a medical device that is used as a non-surgical weight loss option for individuals who are overweight or obese. It is a temporary, inflatable device that is inserted into the stomach through an endoscopic procedure, which is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require any incisions.

Once inside the stomach, the gastric balloon is filled with liquid, expanding in size and taking up space in the stomach. This reduces the amount of available space for food, leading to a feeling of fullness and a reduced appetite. The balloon remains in the stomach for a period of time, typically around six months, after which it is removed through another endoscopic procedure.

The idea behind a gastric balloon is to create a sense of fullness, which can help individuals eat smaller portions, feel satisfied with less food, and lose weight. It is typically used in conjunction with a comprehensive weight loss program that includes diet, exercise, and behavioral changes.

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Who Is A Good Candidate For A Gastric Balloon Procedure?

A gastric balloon may be suitable for individuals who meet certain criteria, including:

  • A BMI (body mass index) of 30, but this can vary by patient. BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s height and weight, and a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
  • Individuals who have not been successful with traditional weight loss methods but understand and are motivated to make the necessary lifestyle changes to support their weight loss goals
  • Individuals who are not eligible or not interested in undergoing more invasive weight loss surgeries.
  • Individuals should generally be in good overall health and be able to tolerate an endoscopic procedure for the insertion and removal of the gastric balloon. Certain health conditions, such as severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or previous stomach surgeries, may affect the suitability of a gastric balloon.
  • Individuals who are willing to participate in the 12-month program that accompanies a weight loss balloon procedure. This comprehensive weight loss program includes eating a healthy diet, exercising, and making behavioral changes. At Reveal Weight Loss, patients will have a year-long follow-up with our expert physicians and dieticians/nutritionists.

What Are The Advantages Of The Orbera Balloon?

  • No Surgery Required: One of the biggest advantages of the gastric balloon is that it is a non-surgical procedure. Unlike other weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, the gastric balloon does not require any incisions or permanent alterations to the digestive system. This means it is less invasive, with a lower risk of complications and a quicker recovery time.
  • Yields Real Weight Loss: The primary benefit of the gastric balloon is significant weight loss. The balloon occupies space in the stomach, which reduces its capacity to hold food, leading to decreased appetite and portion control. This can result in substantial weight loss over the course of several months, typically ranging from 20 to 50 pounds, depending on the individual.
  • Short Procedure Time: The insertion of a gastric balloon typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. This means that patients can go home on the same day and resume their normal activities within a few days, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles.
  • Reversible: Another benefit of the gastric balloon is that it is a reversible procedure. The balloon can be removed at any time, and the stomach returns to its normal size and function. This makes it a good option for those who may not want a permanent alteration to their digestive system or who only need a temporary weight loss solution.
  • Improves Health: Weight loss achieved through the gastric balloon can have significant health benefits. It can help improve conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea. Losing weight can also reduce the risk of obesity-related complications and improve overall quality of life.
  • Helps Establish Healthy Habits: The gastric balloon is used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program that includes dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as regular follow-up appointments with a support team. This helps patients establish healthy eating and exercise habits that can be sustained even after the balloon is removed, leading to long-term weight loss.

What Can I Expect From The Procedure?

How Is A Gastric Balloon Placed Into The Stomach?

A gastric balloon is typically placed into the stomach through a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure. The general steps for placing a gastric balloon in the stomach are as follows:

  1. The patient is typically placed under mild sedation to ensure comfort during the procedure.
  2. A long, flexible tube with a light and a camera at the end, known as an endoscope, is inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus and stomach. The endoscope allows the doctor to visualize the stomach and guide the placement of the gastric balloon.
  3. Once the endoscope is in place, the deflated gastric balloon is passed through the mouth and into the stomach. The balloon is made of a soft, silicone material and is attached to a thin tube or catheter.
  4. Once the gastric balloon is positioned in the stomach, it is filled with a sterile saline solution to inflate it to about the size of a grapefruit. The amount of solution used may vary according to the specific needs of the patient.
  5. After the balloon is inflated, the doctor ensures that it is properly positioned in the stomach, and the catheter is carefully removed, leaving only the inflated balloon in place.
  6. Once the gastric balloon is in place, the endoscope is carefully withdrawn from the mouth, completing the procedure.

The entire process typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes, and the majority of patients go home on the same day of the procedure. The balloon will remain in the patient’s stomach for six months and will be removed during a similar procedure.

Orbera gastric balloon

What Weight Loss Results Should I Expect From Orbera?

The amount of weight that can be lost with a gastric balloon varies depending on various factors, including the individual’s starting weight, lifestyle changes, adherence to dietary and exercise recommendations, etc.

Overall, patients can expect to lose three times as much weight in six months with the help of the Orbera balloon than they would with just diet and exercise alone.

On average, based on clinical studies, individuals who have had a gastric balloon procedure can expect to lose an average of 21.8 lbs. Motivated patients who follow through with the comprehensive weight loss program at Reveal Weight Loss, may lose significantly more weight. A good average to expect is between 20 and 50 pounds, with the most rapid weight loss taking place during the first three months.

Patients can continue to lose weight after the balloon is removed if they are committed to making lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and making long-term behavior modifications that support weight loss.

Financing Options

We participate in special financing plans with United Credit, CareCredit, and Cherry to make this procedure affordable for you. Our representative will be happy to discuss payment options that are right for you. Set up a consultation today at Reveal Weight Loss in Livingston, New Jersey, to find out if you are a suitable candidate for the Orbera intragastric balloon. Please call us at (973) 629-7534 or email us at info@revealweightlossmd.com.

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